Name: George Washington Custis Lee
Census: 1880 Lexington, Rockbridge Co, Va, age 47 1
Birth: 16 SEP 1832 2
Death: 18 FEB 1913 2
Burial: Washington and Lee University Crypt site 2
Occupation: President of Washington & Lee Univ. 1880 1
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- _MILI: Civil War, Major General, CSA 1863
George Washington Custis Lee
b. September 16, 1832, Fort Monroe, Va.
d. February 18, 1913, Fairfax County, Va.
The oldest of Robert E. Lee's three sons, Custis Lee graduated first in his class from the
U.S. Military Academy. The U.S. Army assigned him to Washington D.C. to improve river
harbors for the Chief of Engineers. He resigned in May of 1861 and joined the Confederate
Army in July to serve as an engineer for Richmond's fortifications. He then served on
President Davis ' staff as an aide de camp. One of Davis' most valued men,
he was promoted to brigadier general in June of 1863 and to major general in October 1864.
He did not see much action until the end of the war when he surrendered at Sayler's
Creek to save his troops from experiencing further causalities. He was later paroled.
After the war, he taught engineering at the Virginia Military Institute until 1871 when
he became president of Washington and Lee College after his father's death. He
retired in 1877 due to illness and lived out the remainder of his life at "Ravensworth,"
the family estate inherited by his brother William Henry Fitzhugh Lee. Custis Lee was
unable to return to his family home, "Arlington House," because it had been confiscated
by the Union during the war. In 1892, Custis Lee won a lawsuit against the Federal
Government for return of his property but by that time hundreds of graves filled the
land and surrounded the house. Arlington House is now part of the National Park
Service and is located within Arlington National Cemetery. The Lincoln Memorial
was built almost directly across the Potomac from the house.
Father: Robert E (General) Lee b: 19 JAN 1807 in "Stratford Hall Plantation", Va
Mother: Mary Anne Randolph Custis b: 1 OCT 1808
- Abbrev: 1880 census, Rockbridge Co, Va
1880 census, Rockbridge Co, Va
- Abbrev: Washington and Lee University Crypt site
Washington and Lee University Crypt site